Friday, May 30, 2008

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Launches Interfaith Center In Israel: Come Now, Let Us Dialogue Together Says The Lord

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is launching an Orthodox center for dialogue with Christians.

Organizers of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation say it is the first Orthodox Jewish institution of its kind dedicated to theological dialogue with Christians.

The center, which is slated to open in June in Efrat, Israel, will host seminars for Jewish and Christian scholars and promote research aimed at making religion an instrument of peace in the world.

"A sea change has occurred since the Shoah,” Riskin, the chief rabbi of Efrat, told the Christian Post. “Most churches now teach that God remains faithful to His covenant with the Jewish people, and that the biblical promise is continually being reaffirmed by the Jewish return to its homeland in Zion."

The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC)


First Orthodox Jewish Center to Dialogue with Christians Opens in Israel

For the first time in sacred history, a city Rabbi of the State of Israel, member of the chief Rabbinate of Israel, is reciprocating back to the Christians who have a heart for Israel and the Jewish people, by initiating a Center of Relational Dialogue in order to clarify the theological and faith areas in which we agree and in which we disagree in order to cement our common goals of Religion for Peace and security for the embattled State of Israel.

The center is founded on the proposition that each of our great faith communities, rooted in a shared Bible, which we both accept as the eternal word of G-d, must begin a theological dialogue. The discourse that takes place encompasses a mutual respect of each other's faith and defies any goal of converting one to the faith of the other. It also rejects the necessity of one compromising his or her theological truths in deference to the other.


paul maurice martin said...

Sounds good but wouldn't want to leave out Muslims. Historically, their concept of the adherents to the big three western religions as all "people of the book" is accurate - each religion branched off from the preceding. I see no peace that doesn't include Muslims in the dialog.

Anonymous said...

The Interfaith Center isn't ruling out Muslims, in fact a new Interfaith Center in Qatar had a first time meeting of Jews, Christians and Muslims just last month. The Interfaith Center in Israel is exactly what it is a center located in Israel one of many locations in the world including one in New York. And I agree with you Paul I see no peace either, but I would add with out with out Muslims there still will be no peace. Just an observation.

Anonymous said...

Correction - I meant to say with or without Muslims there still will be no peace.